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2013 Americana Music Association Awards

Americana Music AssociationSo the Americana Music Association had there awards show last night in Nashville. From USA Today:

NASHVILLE — Teamwork was the name of the game at Wednesday’s Americana Music Honors & Awards. Duos picked up most of the night’s big awards, and collaborations made the ceremony, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, special. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell were honored as duo of the year, and their Old Yellow Moon was chosen as album of the year. “This album was conceived almost 40 years ago, when Rodney and I first met and started collaborating,” Harris said. Crowell played in Harris’ Hot Band in the ’70s before signing his own record deal. Read More

emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-2012-by-david-mcclister-bw-v2-450squHere’s the list of the 2013 winners:

Album of the year:Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Nominees Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale Cheater’s Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison From The Ground Up, John Fullbright O’ Be Joyful, Shovels & Rope Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell Artist: Dwight Yoakam Nominees Buddy Miller Dwight Yoakam Emmylou Harris Richard Thompson Duo/group: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Nominees Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Shovels & Rope Song: “Birmingham”, Shovels & Rope Nominees Birmingham – Shovels & Rope Good Things Happen to Bad People – Richard Thompson Ho Hey – The Lumineers North Side Gal – JD McPherson Emerging artist: Shovels & Rope Nominees JD McPherson John Fullbright Milk Carton Kids Shovels & Rope Instrumentalist: Larry Campbell Nominees Doug Lancio Larry Campbell Greg Leisz Jay Bellerose Mike Bub Trailblazer: Old Crow Medicine Show President’s award: Hank Williams Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music award: Stephen Stills Lifetime achievement: Duane Eddy, Dr. John, Robert Hunter, Chris Strachwitz Ok so I know I’m a little out there listening to music from the bottom of the charts rather than the top, but it seems to me that thee are a lot of artists out there making better Americana Music than the people represented at these awards. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the artists, it;s just that the names seem rather familiar and pretty conservative! Just my opinion. Anyone else have any thoughts?? Anyway here’s a nice video of the song of the year from Shovels and Rope “Birmingham”